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Maxin Lister – a favourite picture

Here’s a great picture by wildlife photographer Maxine Lister in my contributing photographer series. Max is passionate about wildlife and has travelled the world photographing and helping in animal sanctuaries to further the cause of endangered species. Check out this lovely picture below.. will take you through to Max’s website

World © Maxine Lister - All rights reserved

World © Maxine Lister – All rights reserved

Meet Blizzard, a white Bengal tiger that I was lucky enough to have in presence when I volunteered at Forest Animal Rescue for three months in late 2013.

Blizzard had been rescued by the organisation many years ago from a life as an exotic pet within the US, a situation that in some States is now illegal but unfortunately in many more States it is still completely legal to own an animal such as a tiger – which to us I am sure sounds crazy. Blizzard unfortunately had many health problems some due to him being a white tiger in the first place – this usually happens due to inbreeding and then also due to poor care when he was a pet.

The organisation care Blizzard fantastic care for many years but unfortunately he passed away a short time after I left Florida. I have fond memories of hanging around his enclosure trying to get him to eat his meat with his medication in it, or filling his pool with him bounding into it to cover me in freezing cold water or just to sit and watch this magnificent animal.

I love this photo mainly due to the fact you do really see up close and personal the inside of a tigers mouth and if you do then you are potentially in a lot of trouble! I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time and Blizzard was having a very long yawn.

Tech stuff:

Canon EOS 650D

F stop – f/5.6

Exp – 1/500 sec

ISO – 200

Lens – Sigma 120 – 400


Photographing the Olympics

You may have read the post on this site back in December last year about the death of Monte Fresco. Monte was the Daily Mirror’s chief sports photographer. I mentioned in that story how the job of sports photographer is now commonplace but how it was not always so. I can remember a time in ‘Fleet Street’ when there were no more than perhaps four or five, with much less sophisticated cameras than we have now. How times have changed.

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World © Darren Gatcum – All rights reserved

My friend Darren, who is a photographer himself, is just entering the world of sports photography. He sent me one of his recent pictures earlier this week, it’s of a Romford Raiders ice hockey player powering along the ice at their home stadium in the Romford Ice Arena. A fitting photograph as the Winter Olympics have just finished.

I’ll let Darren’s e.mail continue the story:

“I’ve been following the sports photographers at the winter Olympics with great interest (together with the competitors). I attach one of my favourite images. As a part time sports photographer, I have made lots of notes and have collected lots of tips from all the sports photographers’ blogs who are at the Winter Olympics. Continue reading

A Story by Brian James.


I thought it might be of interest to my readers to gain an insight into the world of words and pictures and how they are brought together for publication.

Throughout my career it has been my privilege to work with the best and most talented writers and journalists in the business. One such man is my friend and colleague Brian James who has kindly agreed to contribute this article to my Blog.


Children of Ionaseni 1993

 Whenever the men and women who produce our newspapers and magazines get together someone is bound to say, “a picture is worth a thousand words”. Then the fighting breaks out. Yet as a wordsmith I had been made – reluctantly – to accept that this COULD be right. With a cameraman I’d been sent on assignment to a primitive village on the Romanian boarder with Moldova. We knew we had found the right place — by the stench from 50 yards away. Inside a gaunt old building scores of half clothed Continue reading